The Translation of Swiss Vocational Education and Training into Other Cultural Contexts
Within this context, this paper considers whether competence-based education, as defined from a western European perspective, is transferable from one cultural context to another. First of all, the paper introduces the topic of international policy borrowing and lending in the field of education (Steiner-Khamsi & Waldow, 2012). Afterwards, the concept of competence-based education is defined as a new educational paradigm (Wesselink, Biemans, Mulder, & van den Elsen, 2007) and situated within its cultural context. Next, the paper introduces the case study of an educational transfer from Switzerland to India ˗ a country actively engaged in reforming its VET system (Singh, 2012). Detailed insight into actual experiences will be given on the basis of two interviews with the main actors. The conclusion discusses the cultural context sensitivity of competence-based VET.